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Beech Mountain Resort Opens Friday Morning, All Resorts in High Country Now Open, Big Weekend Expected

The first chair to head up the mountain at Beech Mountain Resort featured four snowboarders. The resort opened on Friday morning. Photos by Tyler Blackmon
The first chair to head up the mountain at Beech Mountain Resort featured four snowboarders. The resort opened on Friday morning. Photos by Tyler Blackmon

By Jesse Wood

Nov. 28, 2014. On Friday morning, Beech Mountain Resort became the last resort in the High Country to open, and the conditions are great. The base is 18 to 44 inches and blue dominates the sky on opening day.

“With six inches of natural snow overnight, these are some of the best opening day conditions we have seen in years,” Beech Mountain Resort spokeswoman Talia Freeman said.

WCNC, noting that snowfall records only go back two decades, reported that the 17 inches of snow that Beech Mountain received this November is the most on record for the month of November. This compares to about 13 inches recorded in 1995 and 2008.

A snowboarder gets ready to shred on Friday morning.
A snowboarder gets ready to shred on Friday morning.

Beech Mountain Resort has nine of its 16 slopes and freestyle terrains open and four of seven lifts operating. For more information about “What’s New” at Beech Mountain Resort, click here. See daily slope reports on the resort’s Facebook page. Reach Beech Mountain Resort at 828-387-2011.

Sugar Mountain Resort, which was the first to open this season on Nov. 2, has 11 slopes open and five lifts operating on a base of 22 to 60 inches of snow. See current conditions of Sugar Mountain Resort here. Reach Sugar Mountain Resort at 828-898-4521.

Sugar Mountain Resort also just opened its new slope called Gunther’s Way, named after owner Gunther Jochl. The new slope opened to quite a bit of praise. Some even dubbed Gunther’s Way the most fun run in the Southeast and compared the challenging pitches to bigger ski areas out West or in Europe. See that story here.

App Ski Mountain opened last week to historic conditions. Currently, ASM has a base of 26 to 56 inches of snow, and nine of its 12 slopes and terrain parks are open.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29, ASM celebrates its “Thanksgiving Midnight Blast Weekend.” On Friday and Saturday, the slopes will be open for an extended session, which lasts from 5 p.m. to midnight.

If you can’t make it this weekend, ASM will celebrate its 53rd anniversary on Dec. 6 and 7, when it will roll back prices to 1962. Day session ski tickets will cost $5 for the session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about ASM, click to www.appskimtn.com or call 828-295-7828. To read about improvements made this summer, click here.

Hawksnest Tubing

Hawksnest Tubing, which opened for the first time last weekend, added new lanes and new grooming machines this winter, which will improve the tubing experience of its guests. With the addition of some new lanes, Hawksnest will operate more than 30 lanes this winter, the most ever in Hawksnest’s history.

Hawksnest will be open for snow tubing on Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, with snow tubing sessions at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 30, we will be open with snow tubing sessions at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Snowbird Zipline tours will also be available this weekend.

“Hope to see you this weekend to work off some turkey and stuffing weight,” the resort posted on its website.

For more information about Hawksnest, click here or call 828-963-6561.

Below are more photos from Beech Mountain Resort’s opening day:

 

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Some six inches of natural snow fell on Beech Mountain near the eve of opening day.

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Ski patrol is ready to serve at Beech Mountain.
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Beech Mountain Resort opened on Friday.